What the National Mental Health Commission say about Peer work

The Commission feels strongly that the peer workforce must: be an essential component,
not an ‘add on’ to any support team, with equal status to their team colleagues be remunerated
appropriately at a level commensurate with their skills and training – a good and willing volunteer
is just that, not a peer worker be supported and sustained into and in the role with high-quality,
ongoing training and supervision be supported by national competencies and standards, and have a
clear career trajectory. Mental health peer workers are in paid roles that require them to bring
expertise to their position based on their lived experience of mental illness,
either personally or as a family member or supporter.


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